In the aftermath of the tragic incident on Wednesday in which a 28 year old footballer lost his life, Goal.com spoke to the KFA chief…
Karnataka Football Association (KFA) president A R Khaleel has put the blame on the deceased player’s father for ‘forcing’ the coach of Bangalore Mars to put him on-field for more financial benefits!
This was after Venkatesh D lost his life while on-field for his club in a Bangalore district league’s ‘A’ division game with no first aid available at the venue, so much so that the player in question had to be taken in an auto-rickshaw to the hospital.
Venkatesh vomited on the bench, but one of the relatives, either his uncle or dad, from the stands forced the coach to play him.
“I was told that the boy (Venkatesh) vomited on the bench and the coach didn’t want to send him on ground. But one of the relatives, either his uncle or dad, from the stands forced the coach to play him. As soon as the player was on-field he collapsed. He was attended to by a doctor and a physiotherapist. But since the stadium work is going on, the ambulance cannot come to the stadium.
“There are 120 clubs in the Bangalore district who are divided into four leagues – Super Division, A, B and C. There is a tournament committee for each of the activities and one of the sub-committees was responsible for arranging the ambulance. Some informed me that the ambulance was called and it never came on time. The Hosmat hospital is about 100 metres away from the stadium and the boy was taken in an auto there,” Khaleel told Goal.com.
He bent over and spat and the officials said he had vomited. They claim that Venkatesh has some ailment but I am his father and I know my son well.
However the player’s father has categorically denied the above charges and told the Times of India: “These are baseless claims. He was physically fit. He bent over and spat and the officials said he had vomited. Venkatesh did not suffer from any health disorders. The association might claim that Venkatesh has some ailment but I am his father and I know my son well.”
Khaleel stated that an enquiry had been initiated and that the guilty will surely be punished.
“There is no excuse for this slip-up and we have launched an enquiry for the same. The boy’s life is precious and cannot be purchased. I have announced a grant of rupees one lakh immediately.”
Dhanraj has reportedly refused to accept the grant and is likely to launch a police complaint against the local football association.
We have decided to lodge a police compliant against the association for not maintaining any appropriate medical facilities which led to the death of my son.
“The value of money is just one lakh. A man who dies on the street gets more than a lakh. We have decided to lodge a police compliant against the football association for not maintaining any appropriate medical facilities which led to the death of my son,” the father was quoted saying in the Times of India.
Khaleel, who serves as the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) vice-president, in the defense of Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) wants the people in this country to believe what a tedious task it is to hire an ambulance in the Garden City.
“I must tell you that ambulances in Bangalore are very busy. This is not an excuse but even for I-League, we have faced this issue. Even if we hire them but if they get an emergency call, they give preference to their clients.
Ambulance is mandatory and now after this sad experience we have decided that instead of depending on it, we shall have our own.
“And in order to end this issue, we are purchasing an ambulance which shall be used for all the matches henceforth. Ambulance is mandatory and now after this sad experience we have decided that instead of depending on it, we shall have our own and quotations has been sent for it.”
Khaleel mentioned that two rooms under the FIFA Goal project which is to be completed by June, shall be dedicated to deal with incidences such as Venkatesh D so that a life cannot be lost.
“Just in what happened in England where they manage to revive the player (Fabrice Muamba), we plan to equip the room with top facilities so that such incidences can be best avoided.”
“After all after every event, we turn wiser.”
Well, if one had to be turn wiser you would have after the Cristiano Junior incident in 2004 which also took place in Bangalore.
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